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Farmers Market Report January 31, 2009

Though it was a quick shopping trip to Tempelton's Farmers Market, I hit all the highlights of the Market.

I arrived at the Templeton Farmers Market a little before ten and today's great weather had brought out a few additional shoppers this time, but several parking spaces were still available.

This morning was absolutely gorgeous and the temperature perfect! All my vendor-friends commented how wonderful the morning was --it was a perfect California Central Coast day.

This Saturday I was in a hurry because I had a lot on my agenda. I knew that I wanted more of those lucious Brussel sprouts and of course more dates, and who knows what else would tempt me, so I got busy and walked fast.

After checking out the Brussel sprouts on their stalks at the Y Hayashi and Sons booth and seeing that they were picture-perfect quality and going fast, I decided to buy them now rather than on my way back to my car. I know this sounds odd, but seeing such good quality produce really turns me on --I actually get excited by the sight! All the meal possibilities for a cook! This must be how big game hunters feel when they score a big wild trophy animal! Only for me it's vegetables and fruit!

I continued on and made my way past several vegetable greens booths, and noted that at least three vendors were selling beautiful strawberries with samples available. Normally by the end of February some really good-tasting varieties come into season. Strawberry-wise between now and July the best-tasting varieties just get better and better! So we have a lot to look forward to!

I also noticed that the Bautista Farm booth had a good supply of both red and golden beets for sale as well as all their beautiful greens such as arugula, Spring Mix, lettuces, celery, carrots, Kohl crops and endive.

On I walked, continuing to greet all my vendor-friends. Everyone seemed especially in a good mood. I'm sure that was because of the extremely picturesque morning and the promise of more shoppers. I noticed that Cody Farms from Hanford, California had some really tempting figs, several kinds of dried fruit, walnuts, almonds and other nuts for seven dollars a pound, which is pretty reasonable.

Down at the Olde Port Fisheries booth, a short line of shoppers were waiting their turn. Chris, their sales-person said he was fully stocked with lots of varieties and was quickly serving up his customers' orders as fast as he could.

I decided I had better make my way back to my car. I still had a purchase or two to go. By now, the crowd of people that were shopping at Gary Billintonton's Sunrise Desert Tropical booth had dispersed and I quickly bought the dates that I wanted and decided I'd best get on my way if I planned to accomplish everything that I had scheduled for today.

Adios!-See you next week!

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